Moonlight in Vermont (Part 1) - JazzWax

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August 12, 2008


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Carl Woideck

Are you aware that the lyric for each A section is in the form of a haiku poem?

5 syllables
7 syllables
5 syllables

ivan Santiago

I wish I could remember which vocal I really love -- it's by a female who hits on the word "icy" in a very special way. I'm not sure if I've heard Irene Kral's version, but the song is perfect for her approach. Sinatra's version is defiitely a faovrite of mine, yet agree with the critical points made about it. I have mixed feelings about Sarah's version. I definitely enjoy Joe Williams' version, but then, I'm a fan of his, and of those albums with Harry Seets Edison in particular. Though not among my favorites, I'd rank Chis Connor's version among the most interesting ones. Half way through, she takes successful liberties with the melody. In 1990, Margaret Whiting went back to her hit, for a date with Gerry Mulligan that didn't quite work for me, even if both had their moments.


Pleas listen to the wonderful version of Willy Nelson too.

And does anybody know why the lyrics in Jo Stafford's version are different? It seems to be a kind of winter version.

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